Over 18 Years of Experience in Maternal and Infant Health
Faith Groesbeck lives in downtown Muskegon. When she isn’t working with expectant families, she grows her own food and manages an historic apartment building and hostel, Temple House. She is a single parent of two children, a teenage son who is studying abroad this year and a daughter, a busy toddler. She also helped raise two step-children who are now grown and living on the East Coast. The family has one pet, a rescued bunny named Oliver. Faith’s hobbies include writing and performing folk songs, making buttons and collage art, winter sports, volunteering and permaculture gardening. If you can’t find her at home or a meeting, she’s probably outside, covered in dirt or hanging from a ladder, covered in paint!
My first experiences in providing labor support were to complete the requirement of my childbirth education certification program over 15 years ago. I completed my bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from Queens College, City University of New York in 1999, birth and postpartum doula training approved by DONA International in 2013 and became a certified cooperative childbirth educator in 2014. I was trained and volunteered as a breastfeeding peer advocate for the WIC program and worked for seven years as a public health educator at Public Health – Muskegon County, specializing in infant mortality reduction. I draw on this professional and volunteer training, knowledge and experience to provide emotional support, physical comfort, advocacy, information and holistic care to prenatal, laboring and postpartum women and couples. I have extensive training in both normal and complicated pregnancies and births. My business is welcoming and inclusive, providing nonjudgmental care to families with diverse histories, circumstances and lifestyles.
My 18-year-old son, Felipe, was born at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. I went into labor a month early, so it took me a long time to figure out what that bad backache really meant. I was in labor for nearly 24 hours when I arrived at the hospital completely effaced and at 8 cm. Needless to say, there was no time for interventions. I was attended by midwives, one of whom instructed me to “reach down and pick up your baby,” so I had the pleasure of catching him myself. With the wonderful support of my lactation consultant and dear friend from the WIC program, I breastfed him for 2 ½ years, at which time he weaned himself. I also helped raise his two older half-siblings who are now grown and living on the East Coast. My daughter, Chani, was born at home in the summer of 2014 with the help of a local midwife.